Ithaca's cooperatively-owned independent bookstore since 2011
215 N Cayuga Street Dewitt Mall · Ithaca, NY · 607-273-8246
About the Reading Widely Book Club
The Reading Widely Book Club chooses books to expand our reading as widely as possible. Each month a knowledgeable community member will join us for our book club conversations. Book club books are always 10% off.
About the Book
Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.
Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
About the Conversation Partner
Farah Bakaari is a doctoral student in the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University. Her research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century African literature, postcolonial studies, and political theory. She holds a BA in English and Political Science from Grinnell College. She was born and raised in Somaliland.